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Old 07-22-2012, 05:36 AM
 
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I am unemployed and have gone on lots of interviews recently. LOTS OF INTERVIEWS! Trouble is that the interviews are not turning into job offers. I have read pretty much every book and article I can find about job hunting and interviewing. I think I am doing the right things. People say I have great experience and a good looking resume. I am pretty average looking and wear professional clothes and carry myself with confidence. I leave the interviews and think I made a professional and personal connection with the people I met with and always follow up with a thank you letter. I do well in employment and software tests.

But at the end after 22 interviews in a nine month period I have not been offered one job.

My career is in administrative support.

When I ask the HR person if they had any advice on what I could do to be a better candidate I get double talk and a quick end to the phone call.

Any advice?
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:41 AM
 
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I face the same dilemma, i've been to maybe 60 interviews during my unemployment and none has lead to any offer, maybe two i was very close but all failed after the 1st round.

I used to ask after the interview why they decided not to proceed with me but you always get the same corporate bull**** answers that doesn't mean anything of what you can improve so i dropped asking after a while because it didn't lead to anything constructive.
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:45 AM
 
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Try to start your own business and stop waiting for someone to offer you a job. Sometimes in life, you have to take an alternate path.

There are plenty of businesses you can start for under $5000.
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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If you have a friend that you can practice with I would suggest trying that and getting feedback. HR reps will usually not give you feedback which is unfortunate.
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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I am unemployed and have gone on lots of interviews recently. LOTS OF INTERVIEWS! Trouble is that the interviews are not turning into job offers. I have read pretty much every book and article I can find about job hunting and interviewing. I think I am doing the right things. People say I have great experience and a good looking resume. I am pretty average looking and wear professional clothes and carry myself with confidence. I leave the interviews and think I made a professional and personal connection with the people I met with and always follow up with a thank you letter. I do well in employment and software tests.

But at the end after 22 interviews in a nine month period I have not been offered one job.

My career is in administrative support.

When I ask the HR person if they had any advice on what I could do to be a better candidate I get double talk and a quick end to the phone call.

Any advice?
While this is great you have done research, Is there a possibility you have been giving canned answers to the questions from the books you have read? I know there are lists on how to answer the questions, However your answer should be personalized and a focus on how you are the right person for the job, and how you being hired will be beneficial to them. You are clearly getting interviews so your resume and skills must be quite good.
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:53 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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They really don't have time to be answering a lot of questions when they are getting so many applicants. For positions like the one you are looking for they may get several hundred and the fact that you are getting interviews means you are near the top. With such strong competition the chances of being selected Even when interviewed may be as low as 1-25 or more
depending on how many are interviewed and the number of openings. Thinking about those that I have hired recently and what put them ahead of the others, I offer these few tips:

1. Do a lot of research about the company, and in your answers throw in facts about them that demonstrate your knowledge of what they do.

2. Show a lot of enthusiasm for working there, so they know you are not just looking for "any" job, but really want to be working there.

3. Study the job requirements and your resume. Make sure that any required experience, knowledge or skills not covered by their questions is related to them at the end.

4. Anyone can say they have done a certain kind of work. It becomes believable when you can talk about examples where
you overcame challenges to be successful. Think about and be ready to discuss several of those. If not asked specifically
make sure they are somehow worked into your answers.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:39 AM
 
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Thanks so much for putting the effort into giving me the advice below. But in all honesty this is the same things I have read about in the countless books and internet sites that give information on how to be a good interviewer.

Another bit of good advice is to do a practice interview with friends or relatives. I have done that but the problem is the interpersonal dyamics is different with friends I know and I don't answer the questions the same with friends as a professional corporate type doing interviews at a company.

I think it comes down to getting training by a professional on how to be a better communicator, but that idea keeps getting shot down in other posts on this board as a waste of time and money.

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They really don't have time to be answering a lot of questions when they are getting so many applicants. For positions like the one you are looking for they may get several hundred and the fact that you are getting interviews means you are near the top. With such strong competition the chances of being selected Even when interviewed may be as low as 1-25 or more
depending on how many are interviewed and the number of openings. Thinking about those that I have hired recently and what put them ahead of the others, I offer these few tips:

1. Do a lot of research about the company, and in your answers throw in facts about them that demonstrate your knowledge of what they do.

2. Show a lot of enthusiasm for working there, so they know you are not just looking for "any" job, but really want to be working there.

3. Study the job requirements and your resume. Make sure that any required experience, knowledge or skills not covered by their questions is related to them at the end.

4. Anyone can say they have done a certain kind of work. It becomes believable when you can talk about examples where
you overcame challenges to be successful. Think about and be ready to discuss several of those. If not asked specifically
make sure they are somehow worked into your answers.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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Thanks so much for putting the effort into giving me the advice below. But in all honesty this is the same things I have read about in the countless books and internet sites that give information on how to be a good interviewer.

Another bit of good advice is to do a practice interview with friends or relatives. I have done that but the problem is the interpersonal dyamics is different with friends I know and I don't answer the questions the same with friends as a professional corporate type doing interviews at a company.

I think it comes down to getting training by a professional on how to be a better communicator, but that idea keeps getting shot down in other posts on this board as a waste of time and money.
Sometimes (not all of the time), you probably just need to do something that will help you stand out against the others (professionally). Try making your own business cards and a portfolio.

It'll show them that you're not only capable of performing basic office tasks and they'll have something to remember YOU personally, but it'll give them a sample of your work and they'll realize they'd make a mistake by NOT hiring you.

The hiring managers hear the same BS answers to their questions all of the time, and I imagine they can't put on face on every one when they're interviewing so many people.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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Same issues here. I've had 12 interviews in 12 weeks, 3 with one company and 2 with another, plus spent about 40 hours on "projects" which showed what I can do. But it doesn't matter. I'm going to just wait tables or try to bartend, as my career is very likely over. For me, I've lost a 20 year career and a marriage, so its truly a disaster. My hope is gone.
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:35 PM
 
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I thought I was the only one in this situation. Of course, I did land a few contract jobs but still I have had just as many interviews as the OP and did not get an offer (for a full time permanent position) from any of them. For the contract job I landed, it was quite strange in that I felt like the interviewer was trying to get me to succeed in the interview. I had little experience in the field and I personally stumbled on a lot of the questions but the interviewers did not seem to care and just joked around in an unprofessional manner and hired me regardless even if I didn't think my answers to their questions were strong since they told me bluntly that I got them wrong. IMO, I think a lot of interviewers already make up their mind on who they are going to hire even before the interview begins and are willing to cast aside bad interviews from their preferred candidates and just hire them anyways due to confirmation bias and etc.
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